My Past Halloweens

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I grew up in Independence, Kansas, a town of about 10,000 in Southeast Kansas. Every year around Halloween they have Neewollah and the town swells to about 100,000. There’s a week long carnival down town, a pageant (Queen Neelah), a play, famous musical acts (Roy Clark’s manager used to live there and I had signed up to usher for Roy Orbison, but he got throat polyps or something and was replaced by Merle Haggard or someone like that), and on Saturday, a big parade. And by big, I mean two hours long. I have no idea if it’s as big as it used to be. Here’s a shirt from it. I found it stuffed in the rag box. Not sure how it found its way there, but I’ve rescued it. I also have some belt buckles that are numbered.

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Here’s some photos of me during Halloweens. First is 1972 and my Hot Wheels costume. I’ve always been a car guy and my sister’s always been a… never mind.

In Junior High, when I was too old to go trick-or-treating, I dressed as a mad professor. I had an over-sized plaid shirt that I used as a smock, I drew a goatee on my face and darkened around the eyes. I handed out candy looking like that and scared many a little kid. Unfortunately, I only have one picture: a cracked up Polaroid that won’t scan. The year I got out of the Army, I went to a Halloween party as a punk/zombie.

The next year in college I did the same thing and talked some clean-cut friends into similar outfits. They were surprised how much the change in dress affected their attitude.

That night we did a scavenger hunt and these cool looking boots I had were killing my feet. I was exhausted and in pain. I’m holding the balloon for a pretty girl who continued on the hunt.

Be sure to look at my Halloween and Horror posts!

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One thought on “My Past Halloweens

  1. Great Halloween post! I enjoyed reading your past Halloween stories. And I love the first photo of you on a hot wheel car costume and your sister in a rumpelstiltskin(one of the villains in a fairy tale story and the first thing that came in my mind when I saw that photo).lols And you look good on a punk/zombie attire. Thank you for sharing this post!

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